Microsoft surprised a few folks this week when it announced Fable Legends for Xbox One during its Gamescom press conference. Today, the company announced yet another little surprise – the opportunity for players to take part in a closed beta before the game's release.

Lionhead Studios, the developer behind Legends, announced the beta in the official Fable forums, and will reveal more details about it in the coming weeks and months. We do know that it's going to happen sometime in 2014, with full four-player co-op support and four different character classes to choose from.

Look for more details on Fable Legends in the months ahead, leading into its release next year.